Monday, March 19 – Thursday, March 22 The Association for Environmental Health and Sciences (AEHS) Foundation is hosting its 28th Annual International Conference on Soil, Water, Energy, and Air along with their Semi-Annual Meeting. This conference offers attendees an opportunity to exchange findings, ideas, and recommendations in a professional setting, bringing the environmental science community closer together.
In case you missed it: The morning session on Wednesday, March 21 featured Roux’s Adam Love, Ph.D. and Lydia Dorrance, Ph.D. presenting “Metals Forensics at Ghost Factories” as part of the Environmental Forensics Platform Session.
Hundreds of industrial facilities abandoned or demolished prior to property transaction environmental due diligence—so-called “ghost factories”—exist throughout the United States. The legacy of these facilities often remains in the form of soil contamination on the historical parcel and adjacent properties. These parcels are gaining attention, since residential and municipal development in subsequent years has occurred on land where soil levels can exceed the hazardous waste criteria for metals, posing a health risk for those who inhabit or frequent the former industrial site.
While ghost facilities often stand as the most obvious source of elevated soil metals concentrations, additional consideration of other potential sources is necessary in order to avoid oversimplified conceptual models. A wide range of potential environmental forensic tools are available to help with these distinctions, such as ratio comparisons, isotopic analyses, and single and multi-variate statistical techniques. The value of these forensic tools at a given site will depend on multiple factors, including data availability and the uniqueness of the contributing sources.
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Tuesday, March 6 – Wednesday, March 7 The Emerging Contaminants Summit focuses on the latest developments in the detection, fate and transport, risk assessment, treatment, and regulation of emerging contaminants. This summit is the only conference/workshop that addresses mitigating the presence of emerging contaminants across all environmental media, including surface water, groundwater, drinking water, wastewater, recycled water, soils, and sediments.
Roux’s Adam Love, Ph.D. and Lydia Dorrance, Ph.D. will give a poster presentation entitled “Outlook of Environmental Forensics in Distinguishing Sources of Perfluoroalkyl and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances.“ This presentation on perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances, or PFAS, provides insights into the potential application of environmental forensic techniques commonly used to investigate the source, timing, and contribution of these emerging contaminants. Read more
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Thursday, March 1st – Friday, March 2nd At the Sheraton Grand Nashville Downtown, DRI’s Toxic Torts and Environmental Law Committee in conjunction with the American Chemistry Council will host the Toxic Torts and Environmental Law Seminar. This seminar offers opportunity to learn the newest techniques in forensic science for defending and prosecuting environmental cases; discuss where we stand after a generation of federal environmental law; and meet and reconnect with colleagues and experts during a variety of networking events.
Roux will be sponsoring a special Speed Networking event the Wednesday evening before the Seminar. Additionally, Adam Love, Ph.D. will present on “What, Me Worry? Environmental Reopeners” as part of Thursday afternoon’s Regulatory Tract. Dr. Love will be joined by Christopher Alviggi of Alliant Insurance Services, Inc. and C. Nicole Sullivan of BASF Corporation. The panel will take the mystery out of reopeners by sharing the legal basis for reopeners (under CERCLA and various state laws), and provide real-world examples of legal and technical developments that have or may trigger reopeners. Click here to register, and download the event brochure here.